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rant, part rhythmic whisper, Nathaniel Mackey’s
new collection takes the reader to uncharted poetic
spaces, forming the next installment of two ongoing
serial poems Mackey has been writing for over
twenty years: Song of the Andoumboulou
Mackey is a poet, literary critic, fiction writer,
and journal editor whose eight books of poetry
include Four for Trane, Septet for the End
of Time, Outlantish, and Song of the
Andoumboulou. His 1985 poetry book, Eroding
Witness, was selected for publication in
the National Poetry Series. He received a Whiting
Writers’ Award in 1993 and was elected to
the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American
Poets in 2001. He is also the author of an ongoing
prose composition of which three volumes have
been published and of two volumes of literary
criticism, Paracritical Hings (2005)
and Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-Culturality,
and Experimental Writing (1993). He is editor
of the literary magazine Hambone and
is a Professor of Literature at the University
of California, Santa Cruz.
Excerpt from Splay Anthem
Copyright Nathaniel Mackey. All rights reserved.
- Four for Trane.
Los Angeles: Golemics, 1978. Poetry
- Septet for the
End of Time. Santa Cruz: Boneset, 1983.
- Eroding Witness.
Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois
Press, 1985. Poetry.
- Bedouin Hornbook.
Lexington: Callaloo Fiction Series, 1986. Prose.
Volume one of From a Broken Bottle Traces
of Perfume Still Emanate.
Tucson: Chax Press, 1982. Poetry.
- Discrepant Engagement:
Dissonance, Cross-Culturality and Experimental
Writing. New York: Cambridge University
- Djobot Baghostus's
Run. Los Angeles: Sun & Moon Press,
1993. Prose. Volume two of From a Broken
Bottle Traces of Perfume Still Emanate.
- School of Udhra.
San Franscisco: City Lights Books, 1993. Poetry.
- Song of the Andoumboulou:
18-20. Santa Cruz: Moving Parts Press,
- Whatsaid Serif.
(Forthcoming) San Francisco: City Lights Books,
Compact Disc Recording
- Strick: Song of
the Andoumboulou 16-25. Memphis: Spoken
Engine Company, 1995. Poetry with musical accompaniment:
Royal Hartigan, percussion; Hafez Modirzadeh,
reeds and flutes.
a literary magazine,
- Moment's Notice:
Jazz in Poetry and Prose. Minneapolis:
Coffee House Press, 1993. Co-edited with Art
- Guest Editor, Callaloo:
A Journal of African-American and African Arts
and Letters, 18, 1 (Winter 1995). Special
issue on Wilson Harris.